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Sylva Koscina Poster

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Overview (3)

Born in Zagreb, Croatia, Yugoslavia [now Zagreb, Croatia]
Died in Rome, Lazio, Italy  (heart ailments)
Height 5' 8½" (1.74 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Sylva Koscina was born on August 22, 1933 in Zagreb, Croatia, Yugoslavia. She was an actress, known for Le fatiche di Ercole (1958), Ercole e la regina di Lidia (1959) and Lisa and the Devil (1973). She was married to Raimondo Castelli. She died on December 26, 1994 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

Spouse (1)

Raimondo Castelli (1967 - 1971) (divorced)

Trivia (6)

Was a physics student at Naples University before she went into movies.
Has been Miss Da Tapa (1952)
Since the early 1960s has invested most of her considerable salary from film work in a luxurious villa--in the well-to-do district of Marino, Rome--complete with 16th-century furniture and paintings. That lasted until her spending was overtaken by dwindling income and, in 1976, she had to face a tax evasion inquest, and was forced to sell her house..
Lived with Raimondo Castelli since 1960, but did not marry because of the opposition of Italian law and of his wife, Marinella, refusing divorce to couples married by the Catholic rite. They did marry in Mexico in 1967, but that was not recognized in Italy.
Posed nude for Playboy in 1975, when she was 42.
Her family fled Yugoslavia after World War II and resettled in Italy. Sylva won several beauty contests and worked as a fashion model. She was offered a screen test by Eduardo De Filippo, but failed. Nonetheless, she persevered and went to Rome seeking work as an actress, eventually ending up with several bit parts. These led to more substantial leading roles in light comedies, costume dramas and sword-and-sandal epics like Le fatiche di Ercole (1958). Ultimately her ornamental qualities rather exceeded her abilities as an actress.

Personal Quotes (3)

[on her infamous love scene in L'assoluto naturale (1969)] Of course, if it had not been for the director, I wouldn't have done this film.
Nudity can be nice, beautiful, but should not be vulgar. It depends on which way you are treating something. I'm not for pornography. I'm for nudity, but for the classic, beautiful, clean nude.
[on L'assoluto naturale (1969)] It was definitely the strangest and most sexy picture I've done up to now. I was very nervous at the beginning because I'm really a very shy person. Also, it was something new for me to shoot these kind of scenes.

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